Mistranslated or Not, Israeli PM's 'War With Iran' Tweet Sparks Grave Concerns

Mistranslated or Not, Israeli PM's 'War With Iran' Tweet Sparks Grave Concerns

Noting that "a war with Iran is fundamentally at odds with the security interests of the United States, Israel, the people of Iran, and the entire Middle East", the group declared: "Whether the prime minister's words were intentionally muddled or not, his provocative message needs no interpretation".

The comments were made to reporters on the sidelines of the Warsaw Middle East ministerial following Netanyahu's meeting with the Sultanate of Oman's Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs, Yusuf bin Alawi.

The phrase "war with Iran" stunned many observers, given that Israel and its allies are not now at war with Iran.

"Here I am going to a meeting with 60 foreign ministers and envoys of countries from around the world against Iran", Netanyahu said.

The remark came amid heightened tensions between Israel and Iran, with the former consistently expressing concern over Tehran's alleged "entrenchment" in the region, namely in Syria.

Retweeting him, Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif retorted: "We've always known Netanyahu's illusions".

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Netanyahu - who has been trying to play up his diplomatic gains ahead of Israel's April election - has frequently hinted at warmer ties with Gulf Arab states. The prime minister published footage of the meeting on his official YouTube channel, just hours after Israeli TV Channel 13 leaked a video of Bin Abdullah setting off from his vehicle in a basement auto park, in which he said he is heading to meet with Netanyahu.

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"Many are following this [Omani] lead, and may I say, including at this conference", said Netanyahu after his meeting with Alawi.

Despite the large showing, a number of high-profile countries did not send their top representatives amid ongoing tension between the U.S. and Europe over Trump's decision to withdraw from a 2015 nuclear deal with the Iranian government.

The one top European official that did show up - at least for the opening session - was UK Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt, who on Wednesday expressed a desire to see peace in Yemen.

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